Croatia is enjoying an increase in popularity among holidaymakers as a record amount of tourists visited the country in 2012. Tourism is expected to increase further in 2013, with the country set to join the EU later in the year.
Croatian tourism income rose 5.3 per cent from 2011, according to the Croatian Tourism Ministry. Tourism contributed 6.4 billion Euros to the Croatian economy, representing 19.3 per cent of the Croatian GDP for 2012. 11 million foreign visitors flocked to the country’s coast lines and beaches last year, making 2012 a record year for tourism in Croatia.
Furthermore, Croatia has been awarded the Finnish Travel Award 2013, which is certain to highlight the destination and attract more European visitors. The award, chosen by the public, announced Croatia as the most interesting foreign destination of 2013.
Later on in the year Croatia will be hosting the ABTA Travel Conference, set to bring more people to the country for both business and pleasure. Head of communications at ABTA, Victoria Bacon said that “Croatia is a country that has it all, stunning world class cities and a lovely coastline dotted with unspoilt islands.”
“We are delighted that Croatia will be hosting the ABTA Travel Convention in Dubrovnik this year and we have highlighted the country as one of our top tips for 2013 in our annual travel trends report.”
The Croatian Tourism Ministry has said it will offer a grant of 6,615 Euros to every citizen who builds a swimming pool in the country next year. The decision aims to extend the tourist season and increase tourism revenues further.